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Apulian Pottery Red-Figured Alabastron attributed to the Alabastra group, Circa 380-350 BC

Conservation:  Restored
Material:  Pottery
Dimensions:  24 cm
Provenance:  L. Marsh, London 1987; Baptist Cunningham, London 2000; Amok Wiersma, Utrecht 2007; Acquired from the above by Finn Delvaux in 2014, Brussels


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Elegant pear-shaped perfume container with a long neck and a high, multi-profile ring foot. The spout for precious liquids has a small round opening and a wide, flat rim. The image area depicts a woman. On the other side, a naked Eros. Palmettes on the sides.

The Alabastra Group was a group of red-figured vessel painters from Apulia whose names are unknown. Trendall called them the Alabastra Group, as they painted many alabastrons, attractively decorating them with female figures or heads within rich floral decorations. They also decorated some plastic vases with interesting and unexpected shapes. These painters were part of the wide circle of painters in the workshop of the Painter of Darius (q.v.) and the Painter of the Underworld. Many vases have been attributed to this group because of their style.

A very similar piece can be found in the British Museum, no. 1856,1226.81

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